"I thought this was too profound for its font size." - Laura Kennedy, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 
Photo taken at the Apartheid Museum 


Harambee: What's the News

Faculty Notes

Upcoming Events


Welcome to the first e-newsletter for The Africana Studies program at Central Missouri State University. Africana Studies explores the essential part played by peoples of African descent in constructing human civilization by analyzing contributions in the disciplines of art, music, history, literature, political science, sociology, psychology and other disciplines. Our mission is to develop scholars who will teach, research, and understand the experiences of people of African descent throughout the world. The program will produce discerning scholars who can inspire social and political change in the contemporary world. Students will discover a rich variety of experiences in the program which is interdisciplinary, multicultural and community oriented. We invite you to participate in our public programs, enroll in our courses, join Africana Studies Club or become a faculty affiliate. We promise you a rewarding Intellectual experience. For more information, please view our website at http://www.cmsu.edu/history/africanastudies

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 Harambee: What's the News!

Meets Gen. Ed. Requirements:
Africana Studies is pleased to announce that History 2410: Introduction to Africana Studies now meets general education requirements under cultural interactions. The course will be offered during the spring semester on MWF at noon .

Faculty to Travel to the University of Nebraska:
Africana Studies Faculty were recently informed that their proposal, "Teaching Africana Studies: Developing a Model for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, and an Inclusive Curriculum " has been accepted for inclusion at the 9th annual conference, People of Color in Predominately White Institutions: 50 Years Since Brown ---Are We There Yet? to be held November 15-16, 2004 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Africana Studies Faculty held their first annual retreat on August 11, 2004 at the Vine Street Studio in Kansas City 's Historic 18 th & Vine District. Faculty met Pat Jordan, Executive Director, Gem Theatre Cultural & Educational Foundation. Jordan was responsible for the $6 million redevelopment of the historic Gem Theatre. Jordan offered a brief tour of the Quilting Exhibits. The Vine Street Studio is the only venue in Kansas City , Missouri that showcases the work of African and African American Artists. Jordan has invited Mrs. Carolyn Coffield Mends of Warrensburg and other CMSU artists to consider showing their work in the gallery.

Student Internships:
Also, this summer, CMSU student and McNair Scholar, Ashley Murchison participated in the first Africana Studies Internship at the Historic 18 th & Vine District. Ashley's research focused on public perceptions of the redevelopment project. In November, Ashley will present a research paper focusing on Pat Jordan's cultural philanthropy at the Social Science History Association's annual meeting in Chicago .

Africana Studies Alumni:
Michelle Greene ('04), the 2004 Outstanding Africana Studies Minor is employed by Missouri 's Pro-Vote, the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition at their Columbia , Missouri location as the Canvass Director. Pro-Vote is a statewide coalition of thirty-six labor unions and community groups founded in 1992 to give grassroots organizations the tools to engage their membership in the public policy process.

Rob Madden ('03), the 2003 Outstanding Africana Studies minor is a teacher at Don Bosco Charter School in Kansas City . Madden is working on his graduate degree at CMSU and plans to donate $250 per semester to establish an Africana Studies Minor Book Scholarship.

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 Faculty Notes
Dr. Henry Wambuii

Africana Studies is please to announce the addition of Dr. Henry Wambuii to the Africana Studies Steering Committee. Wambuii is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography. He replaces Crystal Lumpkins, an Assistant Professor in Communication, who resigned this summer to enter the Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Bryan Carter was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Sorbonne in Paris during the Spring semester. He taught a course entitled "Virtual Cities." Carter was invited to Vaxjo University in Sweden earlier this month to set up a course "Humanities & Computing." Dr. Carter was awarded tenure effective Fall 2004

Dr. Delia C. Gillis was named the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Member by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Gillis presented From Gaines to Canada : the Aftermath of Desegregation at the University of Missouri at the University of Kent in Canterbury England on September 4, 2004. Dr. Gillis was awarded tenure effective Fall 2004.

Dr. Yvonne Johnson recently return from a trip to Montego Bay , Jamaica to launch the programs 2005 Study Tour. She is also the new Coordinator of the Women Studies program at CMSU.

Dr. Musa Ilu will present "Democracy As Imperialism: The Unmasking and Debunking of a Failed Transatlantic Project" at the Democracy and Culture in the Transatlantic World, October 27-30, 2004 at Maastricht, Netherlands.

Reverend Albion Mends is a frequent contributor to www.Ghanaweb.com . He most recently spearheaded a community service project for "What's in your hands Ministry." Through the support of the First Baptist Church of Warrensburg and CMSU volunteers, a container of clothing, machinery, and computers was sent to aid poor communities in Ghana, West Africa .

Dr. C. Dianne Mack is the Director of the Kodály Teacher Training Program at Central Missouri State University and Chair for Multicultural Music Awareness for the Missouri Music Educators Association.

Dr. Greg Streich has an encyclopedia entry on "Racial Equality" in the forthcoming New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Dr. Streich was awarded tenure effective Fall 2004.

Ms. Regina Tenney is an assistant Professor in Social Work. She was awarded the College of Education & Human Services "Excellence in Teaching Award" in May 2004.

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 Upcoming Events

Join the Africana Studies Minor, Africana Studies Club, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for " Get out the Vote" on Friday, October 15 th from 5:30-8:00 pm at Smokin' Joes BBQ , 101 Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City . Meet candidates for upcoming state and local candidates. There will be a SPOKEN WORD POETRY CONTEST, DOOR PRIZES and an all you can eat buffet for $10.00 ($15 at the door). Get your tickets now! Call 543-8726 or email dgillis@cmsu1.cmsu.edu .

Dr. Myra B. Young Armstead
MINORITY SCHOLARS INITIATIVE presents Dr. Myra B. Young Armstead

Dr. Yvonne Johnson has invited her to campus from October 18-19. Armstead is a professor of history, Director of the Multi-ethnic Studies Program and Co-director of the Africana Studies program at Bard College . She is the author of "Revisiting Hotels and Other Lodgings: American Tourist Spaces Through the Lens of Black Pleasure-Travelers, 1880-1945," Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (a journal produced by the Wolfsonian Institute of Florida International University and published by M.I.T. Press; publication forthcoming in Spring, 2005); Mighty Change, Tall Within: Black Identity in the Hudson Valley, an edited collection of interdisciplinary, historically comprehensive essays (State University of New York Press, 2003); "Lord, Please Don't Take Me in August:" African Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs, 1870 - 1930 (University of Illinois Press, 1999); Seeking Our Fortune in the North:" The African American Population of Sullivan County New York from 1930 to 1980 (Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 1998). She is also the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities Awards.

Schedule of Events:

MONDAY October 18
A snack/buffet lunch will be available to faculty and students at 11:30.
The presentation will begin at 12:00 in Union 237B.
"A Geography of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum Ulster County and New York City: Isabella Van Wagenen and Her Family."
A reception follows the lecture.

TUESDAY October 19
Union 237B@1pm
"Revisiting Hotels and Tourist Spaces Through the Lens of Black Pleasure Travelers in the United States, 1880-1950."

All events are sponsored by Africana Studies, the Minority Scholars Initiative, and Women's Studies are free and open to the public.

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